Review - The X Files Conspiracy - The Crow
By Paul Fiander
Writer; Denton J. Tipton
Artist; Vic Malhotra
Cover; Miran Kim
This is part five of a six issue event form IDW. So far the series has visited a varied range of properties including TMNT, Transformers and the Ghostbusters. Each has their own quirks but the use of licenced properties is well handled on the whole.
This issue however deals with the Crow.
The use of the Crow seems like a good move as the story can adapt to any human the Crow decides need to be brought back to achieve justice. However the way the story is set up seems very ham fisted. Obviously we need to get the story over in a matter of 22 pages but the way the relationship of the soon to be Crow is forced down our throats has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The story does pick up from this point but for you to buy into the premise you have to be symphatetic to the returned soul.
The other main players in the story are the Lone Gunmen. I will admit I love the X-files but when the Lone Gunmen conspiracy became more central to the plot of show I tapped out of the universe Scully and Mulder created. I can see the attractions but this whole government keeping you in the dark has been played many times and it now just feels like rinse and repeat.
The art is effective but feels rushed. The lines are unclean and although the Lone Gunmen are created well the Crow’s subject doesn’t look like he suffered a real wound. It’s a subtle thing but the anatomy feels off and so the premise is undermined.
This has been an interesting series so far. The tour of some of IDW’S biggest names works in the context of this story and with many of the series in their own right. Unfortunately I just wish they had made the issues (especially this one) longer to give the story room to breathe and not force the plot to the point of cliché. This is one for the fans of the Lone Gunmen and those who want to complete this event but otherwise you can find better issues within this series to fulfil your Conspiracy quota.
Issue Rating 3/5